Beekeeping forum: Nectar Problem

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 14, 2014 1:31 PM CST
With the warm temps in between the arctic fronts, bees come. I have to keep them away from the hummingbird feeder...that is quite a problem. I've found that shade is best for that feeder. I put a lid out with a rock on it and put small amounts of hummingbird nectar in it for the bees, but don't know if that's okay...it's 1:4 mixture of sugar to water. They're sucking that stuff up fast! Is this wise? Also what pieces of fruit I can spare I put out. Do they like jelly? I should say, the arctic freezes have zapped all my blooms, except for rue, and they don't like it.
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Name: Margaret
Delta KY
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Mindy03
Jan 15, 2014 8:05 AM CST

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That is fine Linda. The winter sugar syrup is 1:1 and this time of the year they usually need feeding if it gets warm enough and they don't have much left. It will help them get through to when the nectar is back.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 15, 2014 9:55 PM CST
Thanks! They are coming every day now and are around almost all day, very hungry. Will give them some1:1mixture. The earliest substantial bloom will probably be the Arizona Ash next month. Bees always go to that one!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Forum moderator Charter ATP Member Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Beekeeper
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Mindy03
Jan 16, 2014 7:08 AM CST

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They evidently don't have enough to raise brood until then so are seeking extra food to tide them over.

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